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Policy Directives

Survey Manual (SM) | Department Manual (DM)

The policy directives listed below are pertinent to ensuring the quality and integrity of USGS science information products.

Fundamental Science Practices SM Chapters:

SM 502.1 - Fundamental Science Practices: Foundation Policy

SM 502.2 - Fundamental Science Practices: Planning and Conducting Data Collection and Research

SM 502.3 - Fundamental Science Practices: Peer Review

SM 502.4 - Fundamental Science Practices: Review, Approval, and Release of Information Products

SM 502.5 - Fundamental Science Practices: Safeguarding Unpublished U.S. Geological Survey Data, Information, and Associated Scientific Materials

SM 502.6 - Fundamental Science Practices: Scientific Data Management

SM 502.7 - Fundamental Science Practices: Metadata for USGS Scientific Information Products Including Data

SM 502.8 - Fundamental Science Practices: Review and Approval of Scientific Data for Release

SM 502.9 - Fundamental Science Practices: Preservation Requirements for Digital Scientific Data

Office of Science Quality and Integrity (OSQI) Instructional Memoranda (IM):

IM OSQI 2016-01 - Review and Approval of Software for Release

IM OSQI 2018-01 Quality Management System for USGS Laboratories

Delegations of Approval SM Chapter:

SM 205.18 - Authority to Approve Information Products

Publishing SM Chapters:

Part 1100 - Publishing

Other Related SM and DM Chapters:

SM 500.25 - Scientific Integrity. (A separate version of the USGS Code of Scientific Conduct is available.)

SM 500.5 - Policy on the Release of Information to the News Media

SM 370.735.5 - Outside Work and Interests

305 DM 3 - Integrity of Scientific and Scholarly Activities. (A separate PDF poster of the Department of the Interior (DOI) Code of Scientific and Scholarly Conduct and the supplemental DOI Scientific Integrity Procedures Handbook is available.)

470 DM 1 - Public Communications - General Policy and Procedures. (This DM chapter replaces 478 DM 1.)

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